ok, i have gone through all the threads and tried just about everything but am still having problems. first i could not get past the first screen that has the blue wallpaper. then i disabled all non essentials in the bios which allowed me to get a bit further. however everytime i try it freezes at a different place. sometimes it is as it is loading files, or when it says "installing is stargin". a couple times i got to the screen where you choose what disk to use, but then froze as i tried to erase a drive. once i got past that and it froze on "opening files" (or something along those lines). and one time i even got past that and the computer restated and then froze on a screen that said something like "completing installation". also, i can no longer boot into my vista partition, and i also already tried reinstalling vista and i run into similar problems. so i can't check my drivers or format my disk etc. i know there are many threads like this but it is very difficult to figure out exactly what will apply to me. so these are my specs off the top of my head since i can't access device manager or anything. core 2 duo 3.0 ghz 3.5 gb ram nvidia geforce 8500 gigabyte ga-ep35dslr mobo any and all help is greatly appreciated.